Leicestershire police candidate Suleman Nagdi will 'galvanise communities'

Suleman Nagdi Suleman Nagdi said he had the ability to "galvanise" communities

An independent Leicestershire police commissioner candidate says he intends to use his ability to "galvanise" communities.

Suleman Nagdi, who served as a magistrate, said his bid was a "natural progression" of his advocate work.

He is up against three candidates; independent David Bowley, the Conservatives' Sir Clive Loader and Labour's Sarah Russell.

The successful candidate is to help develop strategies for cutting crime.

Police commissioners

  • Elected police commissioners will replace police authorities
  • Thirty-seven commissioners will be elected in England along with four in Wales
  • Their jobs will include setting priorities for their police force, overseeing its budget and hiring the chief constable
  • No prior police force experience is needed
  • Elections take place on 15 November 2012
  • Those in the biggest forces will receive salaries of more than £100,000

Mr Nagdi, who served in the Rhodesian Army, said: "I believe that I am a pioneer and have the ability to galvanise individuals and communities.

"My ability to bond diverse communities here and abroad has received support and recognition."

The commissioner role will include the power to choose chief constables and is expected to hold officers to account.

On 15 November 37 police and crime commissioners will be elected in England along with four in Wales.

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